Baked Cauliflower Pasta With Artichokes & Olives

Baked Cauliflower Pasta With Artichokes & Olives
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Serves: 6
  • 16 oz whole wheat short cut pasta like rigatoni
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 vegetarian or meat based Italian sausage links, roughly chopped
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 head cauliflower roughly chopped
  • 1 tsp salt and pepper
  • 1 cup vegetable stock
  • ⅓ cup white wine
  • ½ cup black olives, chopped
  • 8 oz baby spinach roughly chopped
  • 8 oz artichoke hearts, chopped
  • 1¼ cup parmesan cheese, divided
  • juice and zest from 1 lemon
  1. Cook pasta according to directions. Before draining pasta, reserve about 1 cup of the pasta water and set aside. Preheat oven to 400F.
  2. While pasta cooks, heat olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add in the sausage and sauté until golden brown and cooked through. Remove from pot and set aside.
  3. Add onions and sauté for about 5-7 minutes or until starting to turn opaque - add a touch more olive oil if needed. Add garlic and sauté another 1-2 minutes until fragrant.
  4. Add white wine and deglaze the pan scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the pot. After about 1 minute add in the 1 cup of vegetable stock, cauliflower, olives, spinach, artichoke hearts, salt and pepper. Stir until combined. Cover and simmer over medium heat for about 10 minutes or until cauliflower is fork tender.
  5. Once tender, mash the cauliflower mixture with potato masher or fork until thoroughly broken down with pieces no larger than a chickpea. Add back the cooked sausage, 1 cup of parmesan cheese and the juice and zest from the lemon. Stir, taste and adjust for seasonings.
  6. Add pasta to the cauliflower mixture stirring to combine. If too dry, add a little of the reserved pasta water. You want the mixture to have a little bit of wetness to make a sauce, but not soupy.
  7. Once combined, pour pasta into a 9x13" baking dish and top with remaining ¼ cup of parmesan cheese. Bake at 400F for 20 minutes or until top is golden brown and crispy. Serve immediately and enjoy!